Friday, August 12, 2011

~*New Pattern Releases!*~

Good Afternoon Dear Friends!

Here they are! I'm so thrilled to be offering these to you... with them I'm sharing a piece of my heart...

~*Victor Minor*~ Schoolhouse Sampler

In the year 1863, the townsfolk of Edna, Kansas decided it was time to build a school for their children. Town resident, Ernest Victor, donated some land at the corner of Navarre and Marion Street. Lumber and other materials were also donated and all the townsfolk helped with the construction. With all the hard working, eager hands, it wasn't long before the simple one~room, one~story dwelling was complete. The Mayor and committee members hired the first school teacher from a neighboring community. Her name was Miss Sara Crumbaker. She would be paid a small wage, but would have room and board provided by town residents at no cost.
The school was named ~*Victor Minor*~ as a special 'thank you' to Mr. Victor for his generosity. Classes were to begin after the corn harvest was complete.
Miss Crumbaker was excited about her new position and her 30 new students... who ranged in age from 6 to 14. Growing up as a farmer's daughter, she knew the importance of hard work, patience, and good character. Miss Crumbaker worked this sampler to hang in her new classroom. It includes a quote she read and remembered from Scottish writer, Robert Louis Stevenson (1850~1894)...
"Judge each day, not by the harvest, but by the seeds you plant."
She thought it to be most fitting.
... this story is both true and fictional ... it is the beginning of a Series of schoolhouse samplers offered by ~*primitivebettys*~

This pattern will come complete with 3 color photographs showing 3 finished models. The pattern will include 2 detailed charts... one for the finished, full sampler and a second for the redwork finish. There are minor differences between the two charts as you can see from the photographs. The pattern will also include full details for finishing the three models.

The full chart is 121 x 158 stitches. It is charted with DMC, but the redwork model was stitched with Cherry Bark by The Gentle Art.

The patterns in the school girl sampler series are of my creation... they are not historical reproductions of antique samplers that I have found. I have just designed them to look that way. ~*Victor Minor*~ is an old school house that is now on the grounds of Ward~Meade Park in Topeka, Kansas. When I visited the school house, the docent told the story of the school originating in Rossville, Kansas. I was so very interested by the school and the story. You see, my parents both grew up in Rossville. They didn't go to the one~room school house... but the small town has always meant a lot to me because of the family connections. Plus, I started school in Rossville myself.

As I was reading to find more information on the school and history of the town... I read that is was named Edna before later having a name change to Rossville. Hence... the name on the sampler. For more personal connections to the story I was writing and the sampler I was creating... Miss Crumbaker was the name of my own kindergarten teacher. Her first name wasn't Sara... but a little fiction... or a lot fiction was alright for my imagination.

This sampler is only the first in the series. I have already been working on ones to follow. They will be released at a later time... and I'm not sure how many there will be. I hope you and I both work on stitching up walls of these charming works.


~*Olde Blue Blooms Biscornu*~

The pattern will include complete, clear finishing instructions for the biscornu.
The model was stitched on 28 ct Summer Khaki Cashel that I over~dyed with walnut stain before stitching. Threads used are Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art...colors are...

Brethren Blue
Dried Thyme
Summer Shower
The back of the biscornu is a reproduction civil war calico. The edging on the pinkeep is cotton chenille.

The finished pinkeep is about 5 inches.

Sweet & Charming!


If you are interested in purchasing these or any of my patterns... they are available at your local needlework shop, from me via email (located to the left on the sidebar), or from my Etsy Shoppe.

Thank you again for supporting my pattern offerings... and thank you for the friendship and support you have all given me.

Wishing you warm smiles...



  1. AWESOME Betty!!! I LOVE it!! Schoolgirl samplers are a favorite of mine....and this with the schoolhouse connection (fictional or not) is absolutely wonderful! Love the different finishes too - so nice to have options....Looking forward to more in the series!! Congratulations!! I'm sure they will be a huge hit! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  2. Lovely new needlework patterns Betty! And I do enjoy the stories which accompany the samplers. I shall look forward to meeting more of your gals from the Schoolhouse Series, and seeing their finished samplers.

    Peaceful stitching...


  3. These are wonderful, Betty! I love, love, love schoolgirl samplers and your accompanying story is so perfect. I'm excited to know that this is only the first one too...can't wait to see the others in the series :) Love your biscornu sure have been busy!!!

  4. Wonderful patterns - Nice to know the history behind the creativity !!

  5. Those are beautiful, really love the design and the way you stitched them.
    I need to get a magnifying light so I can work with nice linens.


  6. wowwwwwwwwwww very lovely new pattern betty:)
    and i enjoy reading the story too behind it..and a biscornu is very sweet.
    lots of love and hugs for you xx

  7. LOVE IT!!! The story behind it, the design and especially that quote! Words to live by for sure! Also... great touch with the complimentary pices! I'll be ordering mine via etsy tomorrow!

  8. You've outdone yourself! Your new designs are wonderful and I enjoyed reading your story fictional, or not.

  9. Simply beautiful and a wonderful start on this series!! Love the quote, too.

  10. Wow....LOVE them!! Why am I so brain dead that I can't figure out how to get my patterns all together on the computer and run the PDF files?? These are great, knew they would be! You are one talented girl!! ~Kriss~

  11. Beautiful! I can just imagine what the next and the next will look like.. Beautiful work Betty :)

  12. Dear Betty,it is a beautiful work and I love the story.:-)

  13. Thank you fot this beautiful story and your beatiful too patterns !

  14. Love the Victor Minor Schoolhouse sampler and the story behind it! I too, went to school at Rossville and, though I did not have Mrs. Crumbaker for a teacher, I do remember her!


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